December 26, 2015 |
The list of indignities and insults suffered by the Philadelphia Eagles this season, and by extension their faithful supporters, is not a brief one. Chip Kelly's strategy for taking the league by storm as both coach and general manager became a tornado that reversed its course and leveled a 10-6 team that appeared to be on the verge of achieving something greater. Free-agent signings were busts. Trades were unproductive. Injuries piled up. Peevish personnel decisions aimed at players who bucked the system failed miserably.
November 10, 2014 |
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was a little busy last week as he prepared to explain to an appeals judge his finger-in-the-wind decision process regarding the suspension and re-suspension of Baltimore running back Ray Rice. Even so, Goodell must have noticed that one of the league's owners, Washington's Daniel Snyder, was suing five Native Americans for the crime of being upset about the "Redskins" team nickname. If he wins the suit, maybe Snyder can take their land and force them to live in a fenced-in section of the FedEx Field parking lot. Not much of a view, but, hey, no income tax. The five activists, perhaps to their own surprise, won a ruling earlier this year from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that canceled six of the team's trademarks that used the word "Redskins," with the ruling board stating it did so because the word was "disparaging to Native Americans.
November 18, 2013 |
IT'S NOT AGAINST the law to be unimaginative or uncaring. So I won't join others in calling for the head of Daniel Snyder, billionaire owner of the Washington Redskins, for refusing to change the team's name to something racially inoffensive. If the man hasn't the capacity to imagine or care that the Redskins name might be hurtful to Native Americans, well, so be it. Besides, he's a rich Jew and that's just what those people do, right? Use their fast hands to take what they want, with no thought for who gets knocked down in the grab?
June 16, 2013 |
THE LATE POP STAR Michael Jackson sang to us to look at "The Man in the Mirror. " The song of the same title told us that if we wanted to make the world a better place, "take a look at look at yourself and then make a change. " I'm making a change. It's not earth-shattering. It probably won't make much difference to a lot of people other than me. But it's something I can do. It's something that I chose to do. After 48-plus years of life, 25 years as a full-time sports reporter, 20 years at the Daily News and nearly 19 years as a sports columnist here, I no longer will consciously used the official name of the NFL team in Washington.
May 27, 2013 |
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder refuses to change the name of his team. Should we do it for him? More specifically, should the media no longer recognize the official designation? A former chair of the Federal Communications Commission recently told me the answer is yes. "I would like to suggest something to you: Why don't you in your own job think about not using the derogatory name that Mr. Snyder has chosen?" Reed Hundt asked. "Why not? Why doesn't it start on a person-by-person basis?
May 10, 2013 |
IT'S A CHEAP laugh, but it is funny. Maxim listed Manti Te'o's imaginary girlfriend on its "Hot 100" list. Te'o, of course, is the Notre Dame linebacker who made headlines when it was discovered his long-term girlfriend wasn't real. Now, she's making headlines of her own. Te'o was drafted in the second round - No. 38 overall - by the San Diego Chargers. His girlfriend was selected 69th, which is amazing, considering she beat out 31 "real" women. On the mag's website is a photo of each hottie and her name.
December 3, 2012
Giants at Redskins 8:30 p.m., ESPN. Line: Giants by 3. The skinny: Daniel Snyder likes his team in the spotlight, but his largely unsuccessful 13 years as Redskins owner have been a Monday night wipeout. Washington has lost 10 straight home Monday night games, nine of them with Snyder as owner. Now, at last, the Redskins have a leader suited for the big show. If anyone can end what tight end Chris Cooley jokingly referred to as "the Monday night curse," it's rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. The stakes could hardly be bigger for this season's Redskins (5-6)
June 20, 2011 |
Joshua Harris can learn a lot from Mark Cuban. Ten years ago - even five years ago - the notion that Cuban could be the model for a prospective NBA owner would have seemed preposterous. When he bought the Mavericks, Cuban was a brilliant but brash billionaire - a successful businessman who didn't know what he didn't know about basketball. He bristled when challenged and fought (and picked) more fights than was remotely advisable. Shortly after he took control of the team, I interviewed him for a lengthy profile.
February 11, 2008 |
Jim Zorn was surprised when he was asked to interview for the Washington Redskins' head coaching job. In an even bigger surprise, he wound up being hired. Zorn, a former NFL quarterback and Seattle Seahawks assistant, was introduced yesterday as the successor to Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, two weeks after being named the team's offensive coordinator and two days after an unexpected interview request from team owner Daniel Snyder. Snyder interviewed nine other candidates after Gibbs' retirement Jan. 8 before asking Zorn to come to his home for lunch.
November 21, 2004 |
Contrary to some popular belief, the Washington Redskins' name isn't just an inaccurate reference to a race's skin pigmentation - it's a nickname for a genocide, according to Suzan Shown Harjo. Harjo, a Cheyenne and Native American activist, spoke at the University of Pennsylvania Museum on Thursday, as the Eagles prepared to host the Redskins. She is the lead plaintiff in a case against the Redskins that has been in the courts since 1992. The next appeal hearings are scheduled for February, and both the plaintiffs and Redskins owner Daniel Snyder have vowed to go to the Supreme Court if necessary.